Tranquil Abiding

Harvey, Jonathan (2000) Tranquil Abiding. [Composition]

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Abstract

"Tranquil Abiding" (1999 -- 14'46) is haunting and beautiful, based on a simple two-chord oscillation, like breathing in and out, as in meditation. Complexity gradually builds, and the piece culminates with a sense of peace and clarity.
Tranquil Abiding is a Buddhist term for a state of single-pointed concentration. This piece is a 14-minute movement based throughout on a single, slow breathing rhythm. The rhythm consists of an “inhalation” on an upper note followed by an “exhalation” on a lower one. There are melodic fragments above it: one using only one pitch, another three pitches, another five pitches, another eight pitches and a fifth fifteen pitches. It is scored for small orchestra and was commissioned jointly by Riverside Symphony and Bournemouth Orchestras as the result, respectively, of a Koussevitsky award and funds provided by the Arts Council of England.'

Item Type: Composition
Additional Information: ISBN: 0-571-52051-0 14 mins. full orchestra. Commissioned by the Riverside Symphony and Bournemouth Orchestras.
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:54
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:04
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28668
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